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The Butter Wars – Where Do You Stand?

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I come from a family of butter eaters. Not in a tub or in a spray bottle – just good old-fashioned butter.

We left it on the counter. NEVER in the fridge.

I assumed this was happening in every household across the nation until Even Steven visited my parents for the first time.

He couldn’t believe the bugs in the light. But he was downright shocked to see our butter on the counter.

He went straight to Meijer and bought himself a tub of margarine to keep in the fridge.

To this day, my parents have special fridge butter for Even Steven who is still terrified of getting some type of food poisoning from eating counter butter.

All of our married life, I’ve gone along with Even Steven’s fear of counter butter and have kept ours in the fridge.

But he went out of town a few weeks ago, and for the first time in nearly 10 years, I left a stick of butter on the counter.

Butter

It was like coming home.

I could butter my toast with ease.

Grab a pat for the bottom of my pan.

Slice a hunk to eat (okay – just kidding – sort of).

And now I’ve put my foot down. I will no longer live in a house without butter on the counter.

So – let’s hear it – do you leave your butter on the counter or in the fridge? Do you think counter butter is gross – or totally normal?

80 Comments

  1. Dawn

    April 30, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I keep my butter on the counter and hate when anyone uses the last of it without taking another stick out for replacement…I think if the Pilgrims ate it- it’s good enough for me. Thanks for a needed smile! I can always count on you for that!

  2. Shelly Kramer

    April 30, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I grew up with butter options. While living with my Mom it was always margarine in a tub in the fridge (butter was too expensive and decadent in our house.) Then in my late teens I went to live with my Dad and Step-Mom and she ALWAYS had butter which lived in a fancy glass dish on top of the fridge. (Dad’s margarine was in a tub in the fridge. ) I remember hot summers with soft, gooey butter. Heaven. Today I only use butter (tried Smart Balance once and gagged at the taste – sorry arteries and heart.) I have to admit I seldom eat butter now due to my increasing age and waistline so sadly it lives in the fridge and (gasp) the freezer until it is time to splurge.

  3. Kate (Knits in Class)

    April 30, 2012 at 6:58 am

    No butter on the counter here – unless it’s left there by accident, then one of the pets eats it, which is the main reason we keep it in the fridge ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have to say, though, I am not a fan of margarine, so we use the Land O’Lakes tub butter.

  4. Brigett

    April 30, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I love butter on the counter…but for some odd reason we never leave it there or someone does forget to put another stick out…I guess things will have to change ๐Ÿ˜‰ My husband’s dad is a dairy farmer and he always leaves his butter out.

  5. Patty

    April 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Butter on the counter…Yes!

    There is nothing worse than trying to chisel-off a pat of butter to put on toast and end up with a massive hole in the middle of the bread.

    As far as tub spread….I like Olivio or anything with Olive Oil added…for cooking. A quality EVOO is wonderful when it’s warmed and you dip fresh Italian Bread into it and then into freshly-grated Italian Cheese.

  6. Anjie @ Of Pandas and Pirates

    April 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

    We have both in our house. I have a tub of Country Crock that we use for most things. We also have sticks of butter in the fridge because my kids are skinny and I’m under orders from their pediatrician to cook their food in butter. We do keep it in the fridge though. I would be scared to keep it on the counter!

  7. Loretta Porter

    April 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I grew up with good old-fashioned Blue Bonnet margarine that we kept in the fridge. I never knew that people would keep butter on the counter (or wherever) until I saw my dad’s current wife pull the butter dish out of her cabinet. What the what?! Here’s my reasoning: milk is dairy – you would never leave milk on your counter. Butter is dairy, so… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry, Anna, but I’m with Even Steven on this one.

  8. Rebecca

    April 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I grew up in a house where the butter stayed in the fridge and married into a family where butter stayed out! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the butter sitting there and sitting there and sitting there! LOL
    AS IT TURNS OUT, its TRUE! Butter is a shelf stable product (to a certain degree!) I am a home baker/cake decorator and I have confirmed this through our county health dept. Butter, as long as no other contaminates get into it, is safe to be left out.
    I wonder if that tub of margarine would survive on the counter as well… isn’t it just mainly oils and salt?

  9. Nikki

    April 30, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Butter must be left on the counter. There is no other way!

  10. Tara

    April 30, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Totally butter on the counter! I agree with Patty, there’s nothing worse than trying to butter toast with hard, cold fridge butter.

  11. Laura

    April 30, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Ours was always in the fridge and my in-laws always kept it out. We keep ours in the fridge most of the time. The rest of the time its left out by accident.

  12. Melanna

    April 30, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Margarine makes me gag. My husband grew up with both butter and margarine and it was all kept in the fridge. He, too, freaked out about counter butter, but I put my foot down after I kept finding my softened butter (perfect for cookies) back in the fridge. I told him if he wanted cookies, cakes and just food in general and he wanted ME to make it, he had to leave my butter alone. He expressed his food poisoning fear and I explained how salt in butter preserves it. And the fact that I use it too fast for it to actually go bad. The only time it goes in the fridge is the two weeks in the summer when it actually gets hot here (seriously, only two weeks) and my kitchen melts anything left out into a puddle.

  13. Car Chen

    April 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Your experience was fun to read. I’ve never left butter on the counter, but my grandmother used to do that. I thought she was getting senile & had forgotten to put it in the refrigerator until my mom told me she liked it left out. I would never do that, but I’d probably use it if someone did.

  14. Shelly

    April 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I grew up with both but for my entire adult life have never had butter on the counter. But now I want some just thinking about the warm buttery goodness. Guess I need to buy myself a butter dish.

  15. Kim

    April 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

    We always kept our butter on the counter. My Even Steven’s mother told me how you can get this and that disease from it blah blah blah…so to appease her I bought the spreadable real butter you can put in the fridge…and then we ran out like a year ago…I had to let my butter soften…on the counter and it was a little piece of heaven…I am a counter butter girl myself, and I don’t care what anyone says anymore…mmmm butter…it’s what’s for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Christy

    April 30, 2012 at 10:04 am

    On the counter all the way. Like other readers, I have a cute butter dish with a lid, but I HATE cleaning it and each time we get a new stick out, it has to go in a clean vessel. So we keep ours in a cereal bowl (minus the cereal) and only pull out the “cute”/”nice” butter dish for when in-laws come (which is only every few years)!

  17. just keep swimming

    April 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Look at this bitter butter battle you’ve started!
    My husband, the Ph.D in Chemistry explained that butter is not a hospitable environment for bacteria so nothing is going to grow in it. It has also been processed so it’s not like milk that will curdle. I was won over by both those arguments and the not breaking my toast in the morning thing. Butter is on the counter in this house.

  18. Cherie Fish

    April 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Totally normal!

  19. Skooks

    April 30, 2012 at 11:14 am

    It totally makes sense to leave butter on the counter. I don’t do it b/c it’s not how I (or my husband) grew up, but also because I never use it. Unless I’m baking a cake or something. Which happens like 5 times a year. So leaving it out on *my* countertop makes no sense in that respect. However, if I were a butter eater, I would totally switch I think because it is impossible to spread out of the fridge unless you do the tub thing which I don’t do either. I’m sure you wanted to know all that.

  20. Vanessa Pierson

    April 30, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Oh man I didn’t even know people put their butter on the counter until I met my MIL. We actually lived with my MIL for a few months and I seriously would not go within a mile of that counter butter. I also realized living there that I actually hate any kind of butter, I will only have margarine, I don’t think I had ever had actual butter before then. Luckily my husband doesn’t really care, he asks for spray butter.

  21. Mindy

    April 30, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Hahahahaha. I love it. I grew up with butter in the cupboard. When I moved out, I became a tub ‘o margarine in the fridge girl and only used butter for baking or cooking. Recently, I’ve been reading some not-so appetizing stories about margarine. I’m now a tub butter girl. Like the spreadable kind. But I may be moving toward my roots as well.

  22. Jess

    April 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I had NO IDEA you could leave butter on the counter. … I’m still kind of in shock.

  23. Jamie

    April 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I actually whip a pound of butter with olive oil and put it into an old margarine tub and keep it in the refrigerator. I live in southern CA where it’s too hot most of the year to leave the tub out on the counter or in the cupboard, but since it’s been whipped it doesn’t take too much time in order for it to be easily spreadable for toast. And I think that because of the addition of the olive oil it does have a tendency to mold up a bit if I do keep it out for an extended amount of time in warm weather (but maybe that’s from the toast crumbs). ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Patricia P

    April 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I had never heard of butter on the counter either, and I don’t know if I could easily adjust to the idea. My cats would probably get into it anyway. I like the idea of mixing butter and olive oil together, that would pretty much be homemade Smart Balance.

  25. Tracy

    April 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Butter on the counter. ish. In a butter dish, in the cupboard, with the spices. To be unnecessarily specific. Butter needs to be soft – why would you keep it in the portion you’re using in the fridge? That’s toast assault.

  26. Barbara

    April 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Butter in the fridge, and butter on the counter in a butter bell. Using a butter bell might calm his bacteria concerns, maybe…

  27. Barbara

    April 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Just in case you aren’t familiar with butter bells, I dug up my old post about them:

    http://candyheartsandpaperflowers.blogspot.com/2008/09/homemaking-tips-on-tuesday.html

    Hope this helps.

  28. Shiloh

    April 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Lol, we live in FL, and keep our house at 80. Butter on the counter doesn’t work out so well. So we use marg mostly. If we are using butter, though, we’ll leave it out.:)

  29. Sarah

    April 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    My husband grew up with the tub (Country Crock) in the fridge. I grew up with butter on the counter. The butter at our house was used for everything. This included frying, baking, and even sun tanning. We have had both at our house since we got married 16 years ago. After reading an artical about how bad the tub stuff was, I tried to find something to take its place. My kids thought butter was strong tasting. I used 1 part butter (room temo of course) and 1 part canola oil. Blend it together and put it in a tub in the fridge. They love it. Just last week someone put this mixture in the pantry and it turned to an almost liquid again. This gave us the idea to put it in a squirt bottle. Yes, we are back to room temp butter and oil, and squirting it on the toast. Easy and no one is complaining yet.

  30. Shannon

    April 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    We are a butter-on-the-counter household. It skipped a generation, though. My mom keeps it in the fridge, but my grandma left it out. I liked her way better and she lived to 86, so I thought the stats were in my favor and we’ve run with it.

  31. Untypically Jia

    April 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Butter goes on the counter in a covered dish. Always. I get furious when my family uses it all and then doesn’t replace it. I HATE cold butter. I only ever use it for baking pie crusts and things like that.

  32. danee

    April 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    NObodyโ€ฆNobody should be eating margarine. Why they even sell that evil horrible UNHEALTHY stuff. Butterโ€ฆyummmmmm. Those two sentences seem sarcastic but they aren’t. Margarine is very unhealthy with its trans fats. I grew up with โ€ฆand still leave my butter on the counter. Nobody has died. Nobody has gotten sick. I have had to throw away a stick or two that melted beyond recognition during a heat wave but nobody got sick. Wear your butter sovereignty proud and KEEP THAT BUTTER ON THE COUNTER. Nobody wants nasty ratty toast all balled up form trying to spread butter on it.

  33. Rene Foust

    April 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I leave my butter on the counter….always have and I am 51 and not dead yet!!!

  34. jacqui

    April 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    definitely counter. we also use plain a butter stick & it’s so much easier to spread on toast =)

  35. Tabitha

    April 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I have a butter crock. I don’t if it’s French style but it’s a cup of soft butter than you seal in with cool water. I don’t know what it’s called, but I’d you find it you and Even Steven can live in sweet, creamy harmony.

  36. jennifer

    April 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Counter butter, all the way. We keep a tub of whipped butter on the counter, and when it gets low, I put another one out. I had grown up with butter in the refrigerator until I went to a friend’s house and her dad pulled the butter (in a butter dish) out of the cabinet. Until that happened, I had NO IDEA you could leave it out, but he said he had done it for years and that’s how he grew up, so from then on, my butter lived on the counter. Margerine is disgusting and should not be classified in any way as butter.

    Also, I was going to mention a butter bell or a butter crock as a compromise, but someone else beat me to it.

  37. Katie O

    April 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    We do both! We have a butter dish that is kept on the counter for toast, english muffins, etc., and keep the rest of it in the fridge for safe keeping. Why on EARTH would anyone want to put cold butter on a warm slice of toast? It’s such a pain in the butt to spread! I do use cold butter if I’m cooking because it’s a slower melt and there’s less of a chance for me to burn it. That’s the way my parents have always done it, so that’s the way I do it. My husband’s family always bought the butter in the container, but I’m a good old fashion stick-of-butter kind of girl, so that’s what we use.

  38. Elizabeth

    April 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    To be a butter battle peacekeeper, here are two thoughts: 1. A butter crock will keep butter fresh on the counter (butterbell.com) and will protect it from absorbing any odors floating around. I would NEVER leave the butter on the counter unprotected. 2. We keep a tub of Kerrygold butter in the fridge. Take it out just before you make your toast and it will be ready to spread or just a moment on the warm toast is all you need before a proper smear. Plus Kerrygold is delicious!

  39. Meredith

    April 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Okay, so have you ever heard of the Butter Bell?!

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0016L5LG0/ref=asc_df_B0016L5LG01996769?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B0016L5LG0&hvpos=1o1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1902869541178335484&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=

    I don’t think this even works if you put it in the fridge, so give Steven a head’s up–butter belongs on the counter! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Patty

    April 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    My butter has always been on the counter in a covered crock from Pentwater…just another reason it is so special and so handy!!

  41. Loretta Porter

    April 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I love reading through these comments Anna. This is way better than the Mommy Wars. ๐Ÿ˜‰ What else can we all debate??

  42. Michelle

    April 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Oh, I love this!! Reading all these comments I went through an up and down back and forth conversation in my head.

    “Wow…lots of people leave their butter on the counter, I bet Anna feels better already! Wait, you people leave your butter on the counter? Hold on, am I supposed to be leaving my butter on the counter too? No, “counter butter” is creepy…not to mention the creepy crawlies that might migrate toward it. Maybe if I put it in a fancy dish on the counter that would keep the creepies out…but what about bacteria? No, butter isn’t going on the counter. I grew up with margarine, tastes fine to me, but if you leave it out it turns to gasoline (yes, thank you Jim Gaffigan for forever making me think margarine turns to gasoline when left out). We now use butter, but it’s so hard to spread, maybe I should leave it out to make it easier? Ick! Anna, stop eating hunks of butter. Hmmm…wonder what a hunk of butter would actually taste like? No, I’m not going to eat a hunk of butter. Maybe I’d make more cookies if the butter was left on the counter? I don’t need to make more cookies. I’m thinking too much about butter.”

    I’m so confused!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Think I’ll just leave my butter in the fridge before I begin more arguments in my head or it flat out starts spinning!

  43. Molly

    April 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I have cabinet butter. That counts as counter butter, right? As for annoying husband butter tactics, mine ALWAYS takes the fridge butter that’s waiting for it’s turn to become cabinet butter and puts it in the freezer. Why?!? We’re a family of 5 and we never eat out. A four pack of butter lasts at most a month. Frozen butter is the worst!

  44. imklvr

    April 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Absolutely! Counter butter! During the summer if it turns to liquid, then ya kinda have to put it in the fridge. But it’s so much better on the counter! And I come from a butter family too. I’ve always thought bread was invented as a carrier for my butter.

    Book? I have a friend who wrote one recently about keeping an organized classroom. So I know where to go for advice on publishing!!!

  45. Courtney

    April 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Yes, always have butter on the counter. Not eating too much of it these days…cutting way back on the animal products, but i HATE hard butter. I need a good ole butter dish w/ a lid, but for now it’s in a rectangular crock thingy, and it’s great.

  46. Tyra

    April 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I also came from a butter on the counter family. When I went to college my roommates thought I was nuts and they all just kept their own in the fridge. Who wants to use fridge butter on toast? What’s the point? It just shreds your toast or makes it all cold and soggy. My husband was open to counter butter and now I just keep it in one of those glass tupperwares with the snap lids on the counter. Keeps it looking a little nicer.

  47. Mary P

    May 1, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I too grew up with our butter/margarine on the counter. It was usually covered, but out nonetheless. We actually got in trouble if no one remembered to make sure butter ws out and soft! Now, living in this cramped tiny house with poor insulation, in the simmer it can easily get up to 95-100 inside my kitchen, so then it does go in refrigerator, not out of fear for anything spoiling and making us sick, but becaue it melts! Even with a butter bell, still melts in the heat here! Gees, I have managed to live 56 years with ” counter butter ” as you call it and never been sick becuse of that! And my mom is 92 and is still kickin’,lol and yes her butter is on the counter!

  48. Lindsay

    May 1, 2012 at 8:34 am

    My mom keeps margarine on the counter – and has my whole life. Now, I use butter and keep it on the counter. I’ve freaked out a lot of my roommates doing this, but a) I’m not dead yet and b) it makes spreading it possible.

    One of my college roommates kept butter in the freezer, long before the expiration date. I had never heard of anyone doing this so I looked it up online – apparently it can absorb freezer odors (sounds gross) and is not as useful for cooking with for some reason. I’ll keep my butter in the fridge till I need a new batch for the counter, thank you.

  49. Susan Psychas

    May 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I leave one on counter and the rest in the refrigerator. I NEVER use margarine. Bad things in margarine. I was surprised how many still use margarine.

  50. Gisselle

    May 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I leave the butter on the fridge because I like it a bit hard and cold.. I guess some would not want to have it as like that.. Anyway, love your post here!

  51. jassica

    May 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Around here, our war was not counter butter vs. fridge butter. It was butter vs. margarine. Growing up, we never had butter. Ever. Because, you know, butter is bad for you and margarine is very good for you. Or something. My husband comes from a butter family. A butter in the counter family at that! He had a really hard time convincing me, but eventually – I did it. I converted. I’m a butter lover now. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will not, however, leave it on the counter. Something about slightly melty butter grosses me out. I rather enjoy having cold butter on toast and getting a little chunk of it in each bite. Mmmm.

  52. Katie

    May 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Butter on the counter all the way. I won’t even pretend that I don’t eat it straight. My son caught me eating butter when he was three and I told him not to say eww til he tried it. From then on, I had to make sure to cut off the part with the teeth marks before company came over (seriously I made him, I’m not worried about getting germs from him.)

    If Even Steven is really that scared of the counter butter, you can get a butter bell. It has a thingie to put water in (it doesn’t touch the butter) to help keep the butter cool (not cold) and nice. Here’s a link. http://www.vat19.com/dvds/butter-bell-butter-crock.cfm?ADID=MSNbtrcrk

    Recently my husband MADE butter for me. It’s even better than storebought butter on the counter. You do have to use it within a few days though. It will get moldy if you don’t (don’t tell Even Steven this), I think there may be preservatives in store butter. Now that my husband has made butter for me, I expect homemade butter twice a week, and I get very whiny when I don’t get it. But you know. That’s just me.

  53. suzyhomemaker

    May 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Counter. I just recently started doing this again remembering my grandmother always left butter on the counter. My mom never did though.

    Anyway afraid of butter because they think it is unhealthy, it is not. It is much healthier than margarine. I agree with someone who said Kerrygold. It is grass-fed, which is much better than grain fed cows. If you have access to raw milk and can make your own butter that would even be better!

  54. suzyhomemaker

    May 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Anyone, not anyway. Sorry it is late. I need to go to bed.

  55. Jeanette

    May 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    We leave ours on the counter, a stick in a covered dish. Now my MIL drives me crazy for a myriad of reasons but I’ll just stick with one which is when she comes to visit she always puts my butter in the fridge. Nothing aggravates me more when I go to get it and find it in the fridge all hard and nonspreadable. Don’t know why she does that seeing as how that’s not where she found it.

  56. Connie

    May 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I am and will always be a Grade A butter girl. I’m confused about the bug thing you mentioned. My butter is always out, but covered. If it turns a certain yellow, I toss it. After 3 weeks out and no one touched it, I toss it. But I’m with you on the ease of spread, and nothing compares to the taste! Thanks for sharing.

  57. Ann @ Housefinally blogspot

    May 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    The key is: Do you use butter everyday? If so, leave it on the counter and put it in the fridge at night. That’s what I do. Sometimes we “nuke” it on defrost for 10 secs when it first comes out of the fridge in the morning, otherwise its too hard for morning toast!
    Margerine and butter have similar calorie/fat counts, its beyond me why you would ever choose margerine over butter! BUTTER is BEST ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. jennibell

    May 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Counter — NEVER in the fridge. Because then the kids microwave it. . .and. . .well. . .too funny. . .

  59. Corynne

    May 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    This is hilarious. I grew up on Parkay in the tub – haven’t touched it in 10 years. I am not only a butter-only person but I keep it on the counter. Both of my grandmas did it that way and I quickly adopted the practice when I moved out and started my own life. For some reason my mom never used real butter and it drove me nuts. I hated having to put my ripped toast back in the toaster to melt the butter all the way. I started off with the butter bell – broke that now I just leave it on a square white dish in the middle of the island. I have a Great Dane and I do have to make sure I keep the butter in the middle of the island. Once I was sofetening some for some cookies I was making to take to work and I had left 2 sticks on the counter. We took my daughter upstairs to tuck her in and usually my dog Nahla follows. Well she came up about 5 minutes later. When I went back down there was only one stick on the counter. I looked all around, including back in the fridge just in case I hadn’t taken it out but I knew I had. She was sitting back on her doggy bed looking really guilty. I opened her mouth and looked but nothing. My husband took her and put her in her crate for the night early for being bad (she knows she is not allowed in the kitchen.). Sure enough the next morning she pooped the paper and a very buttery poop when hubby took her out the next day. (Sorry – TMI! LOL!) She hadn’t even chewed it up. Just did a drive by and woofed it off the counter when nobody was looking without a trace. Needless to say she had not been back in the kitchen since. I don’t think her tummy felt too good. Its like having another kid! So now I make sure my counter butter is in the middle of island!

  60. Myra

    May 31, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Just wondering if it’s only salted butter that is not a hospitable environment for bacteria?

    BTW…I use a butter crock (like a Butter Bell…but not that brand) and it works wonderfully.

    Cold butter has almost no flavor…but soft butter is delicious.

  61. Laura Maxwell

    June 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks so much for your blog. Today was my first visit and I will be a follower. I have enjoyed reading about your relationship with your mother. My mom passed 2 years ago and we spoke on the phone several times a day and had wonderfully important convos also.

    We are a butter on the counter family, and we have “on deck” butter so that there is always soft butter to spread. My wonderful 10 year old son actually puts a new stick on the dish when he empties the dishwasher:)

  62. Joy

    June 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I love this post. I did not know there were so many people like me. I am totally a butter on the counter girl. I grew up in a butter on the counter home. My husband grew up with the fake stuff in the fridge. When we got married I was buying both and pretty soon he came over to my side. His parents still eat the fake stuff but they keep butter in the fridge for when we visit.

  63. Kristie

    July 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

    We keep butter in the cupboard! It only works if it’s salted butter though – that preserves it. If you use unsalted butter it will go off…

  64. Matt B

    August 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Whilst I agree that butter on the counter will not make you ill, next time you’re in the store buy some butter, and smell it. You won’t be able to smell anything. Then smell some butter that has been left on the counter. It has a faint smell of something, which also taints the taste. i made some lasagne with “counter” butter, and the taste was just awful.

    By all means get some butter out the night before to make it spreadable for your toast, but always always always keep the rest in the fridge.

  65. Christine

    August 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Raw for sure!!! Its even better if you culture your cream first ๐Ÿ˜€

  66. Christine

    August 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    If I have bread or something that I keep going back to over the next few days, it gets left out. But, really, it takes me months to go through a little tub of butter. And, only raw milk butter for me. I am painfully allergic to pasteurized dairy….. BTW, raw milk still has its beneficial bacteria in it. Pasteurization kills it, making it putrid when not refrigerated. That’s why our grand and great grandparents were able to leave dairy on the counter without getting sick…..

  67. Ruth

    August 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    This is hilarious! I grew up on margerine, but thankfully married a man who was a butter purist and helped me see the error of my ways. It’s butter or nothing in these parts. My husband likes to have the butter out of the fridge, for optimum buttering ability. While I can appreciate this, I hate it when the butter doesn’t get used up quickly enough and begins to taste nasty, so I try to throw it in the fridge between breakfasts. A nice compromise was discovering that we could buy the individually wrapped pats of butter at Sam’s club. We store them in the fridge or freezer, and throw a few out in a bowl on the table every day. Because they are small servings, we they will soften up in a matter of minutes. Better still, we don’t have issues with getting crumbs or jam on the butter.

  68. NotDancingQueen

    September 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    On the counter, in a Butter Bell! Counter-soft, and fresh, sweet, yummy butter whenever you want it – just change the water every few days.

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  70. Whitney

    September 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    counter butter hands down. in fact this year for my “golden” birthday my sister in law got all fancy like and got me a butter dish for my “counter butter” Now I have “fancy counter butter.” wow that’s a lot of ” ” in one paragraph. my apologies.

  71. Jen

    October 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Counter in a covered dish. My family has always left it out, even growing up in FL with no air conditioning. If you aren’t going through a stick within a week to 10 days, just leave half a stick out. Margarine is bad for you and yucky! Leave a tub of country crock outside uncovered. Even bugs won’t touch the stuff!

  72. VenusGenetrix

    October 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Me too! :O

  73. Cynthia M.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    definitely butter on the counter… Between the high fat content and the salt it is not going to go bad before you use it. Before they had refrigeration, the whole reason they put salt in butter was not for taste but for preservation. Just like the salts in those hams they hang unrefrigerated forever. Unsalted butter has a chance of going rancid after awhile. I went to Africa and they don’t even refrigerate there eggs. I asked a friend who grew up on a farm about it and she said as long as it’s never been refrigerated it doesn’t matter, but once refrigerated they should stay cool. I also like butter on the counter because it’s easier to use less.

  74. Jodi

    January 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    http://www.foodrenegade.com/butter-vs-margarine-showdown/

    Margarine is nasty stuff! Look at this site. Stay away from it!!! Butter on the counter oh yes baby! Be a margarine free home! ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. Caitlyn

    January 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I grew up with counter butter. My mom would clean the entire kitchen. It would be spotless…except that damn counter butter left sitting there. I don’t oppose it, but with my own family now, the butter is in the fridge.

  76. Adrienn

    February 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    My grandma had counter butter. She also let my grandpa eat raw hamburger-like a handful of raw hamburger in a bowl with some salt on it. I’m not saying everything she did was brilliant, but counter butter certainly was. I carry on the tradition of counter butter, although my furnace is set to 60 because I’m cheap-so most of the winter my counter butter is as hard as fridge butter. So I guess you could say I have 3-season counter butter.

  77. Adrienn

    February 23, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    BTW…I just stumbled on your blog via The Bloggess and I love reading your stuff. I’m glad you quit your job.

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